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Publisher's Summary

The enemy is defeated. 

The gods strike a truce. 

And the Dharkan strike against the gods. 

Victory has cost both gods and mortals dearly. The veil between life and death in Niflheim is thinner than ever. Try as they might, the gods are powerless against the influence of Time, and their past mistakes threaten not only their future but their very existence. 

Now the fate of eternity rests in the unlikely alliance between the goddess of the soul and a soulless Dharkan, as they must work together to achieve peace between the living and the dead in Aegea. And although their goals may seem similar, the motivations behind them couldn’t be more at odds with each other. 

Meanwhile, a greater enemy approaches. Or maybe it’s already here...

©2020 Susana Imaginário (P)2021 Susana Imaginário

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Excellent

Overall: A great story with a brilliant narrator, who really brought the characters and story to life.Highly recommend!

Narration: I thought Kempton did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and the story just unfolded before my eyes as I listened. She has a wonderful way of making each character unique, and conveying their emotions and personality.

Story: I loved this second installment in the series. Imaginário has really outdone herself this time, and I loved how new Gods and characters took center stage, while still incorporating old ones. The interludes were wonderful, and I quickly got lost in this book.

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better than book 1

I rated the first book 5 stars and I felt this one was better than that. the story is fresh and original and very well written.

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Substantially Solid Sequel

** This book was provided to me at no cost, but I was under NO obligation to leave a review or even read it! **

I think I could copy / paste my review from book 1 and I would almost be happy right there. This was really great mythology-fantasy! I really enjoyed the familiar figures from mythology and the mixing of pantheons, and the use of these divinities as characters! All of the Gods & Goddesses in mythology are always so human, as well as more, and I felt like Susana Imaginário really takes the reader into her stories to let us see that. They have God-sized egos, too, which drives them here like it does in their myths! There is a lot of change near the end of the book and I am wondering about how events will continue! No spoilers, but there is definitely a great set-up left behind when the novel ends.

I continued to enjoy her use of Interludes and her overall writing for the entire story. Things were never too disjointed or jarring when switching perspectives for me.

Here, I actually WILL use a copy/paste of previous book. Exact same response works for narration!
Sarah Kempton was a fantastic narrator. Wonderful emotion and nuance everywhere I wanted to have it. Absolutely flawless narration. I should note that I listen at 1.5x and found that a very natural pace. Everything was still very easy to understand and follow along with.

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  • Alan Scott
  • 08-03-21

A great book - No spoiler review

Susana Imaginário (author) and Sarah Kempton (narrator) have weaved another wonderful story of betrayal, intrigue and fantasy in a world of myths and gods.

The story is brilliant, the pace is perfect, the characters are well written and believable, and perhaps most important of all it is entertaining and enjoyable. What else do you want in a story?

As I said in my review of ‘Wyrd Gods’ If you like your fantasy to be hack and slash, then this is not the audiobook for you. If you like your fantasy, intelligently written, character-driven, and full of Mythology (though not quite in the way you would imagine) then this is the perfect audiobook for you.

if you haven’t yet listened to ‘Wyrd Gods’ do yourself a huge favour and go and buy it along with ‘The Dharkan’ and let yourself, be immersed in this fantastic tale.

Will I be getting the third instalment? Oh yes, I want to know how it finishes. Is there any greater compliment for a trilogy than that?

Because it an audiobook I have to mention the narrator, Sarah Kempton. You can tell that she is enjoying herself and enjoying bringing this tale to life. Her work on this audiobook is simply brilliant.

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  • critical friend
  • 04-07-22

More interweaving plots in world of gods at war

The author of this series teases you with thinking about allegiances and motives, only to weave another thread into the rich and complex tapestry to make you revise your previous deductions. To fully appreciate this skill and complexity of plots, you need to have absorbed the first in the series, Wyrd Gods,before this one. Here we are given more insight and understanding into the arrival and place of the Dharkan (a species of the author's own imagination) and their interactions as individuals and a community with others in the world with gods, goddesses, titans and other mythical creatures. The main character in this book is male, in contrast to the first book with female main characters. A good many of the characters we first encountered in the first book play prominent roles in this, and all have their personalities and backstory developed further.
Warnings are needed as there is much swearing and graphic (relevant) sex and violence so a truly adult novel. There is all sort of conflict depicted, but the subtext theme seems to be of the threat of technology to the pastoral idyll that existed previously. Knowledge of the myth of Prometheus would help this understanding and is relevant to the story arc developed.
I found the ending satisfying and foreshadowing a greater menace arriving in this dramatic and seemingly doomed world. I am looking forward to listening to the next instalment.

The narrator brings a pleasing animation to the telling of the story. Characters are voiced so you are in no doubt who is present and who is speaking. Emotions and context are also conveyed so as to enhance the description and immersion in the world. I had read the book before this listen. Listening gave me a fuller and deeper understanding and appreciation. If you only have time to consume one format, then the audio is my recommendation.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-22

book 2

thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Dharkan it's still pretty wierd listening to a book but really enjoyable to even listen while doing boring housework so thank you im starting book 3 now, once again thank you for a fab listening experience. xx

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  • Spiral
  • 08-07-21

A character driven story of inhuman proportions

The Dharkan takes place in the aftermath of the events depicted at the end of Wyrd Gods and sets the groundwork for what is yet to come. As the second book in a series, it is fairly open-ended in terms of plot, focusing more on characterisation and worldbuilding.

The dialogue is quite entertaining thanks to the combination of the author's sarcastic wit and Sarah Kempton's talented narration.

A must listen for fans of mythology, psychology and weird things.

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  • D K.
  • 08-01-21

Excellent follow up to Wyrd Gods...

Definitely hits that Bigger, Better and Badder second instalment tradition square on the head. Everything has escalated. Can't wait to start Book 3!

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  • 09-11-21

A World you become invested it.

Sarah Kempton provides a wonderful narrative to a story I just get enough off, Susanna Imaginario is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, do yourself a favour and invest in this series, you won't regret it!